Law and Order
SVU, Episode 10.07
Production number: 10007
First aired: 18 November 2008
  209th of 502 produced in SVU  
th of 502 released in SVU
  th of 1271 released in all  
Written By
Mick Betancourt

Directed By
Peter Leto


Stabler goes undercover to break up an animal-smuggling ring, and he gets help from a group insider, hip-hop artist Gots Money. However, this assignment leads to complication in Stabler's marriage and nearly costs him his life.


Stabler works undercover investigating a violent animal smuggling ring believed to be connected to a young woman's murder.

The show starts with people hovering around Stabler who has been shot. It later shows doctors carrying him to a hospital bed. Then finally Detective Benson looking at her partner.

It shows "One Week Earlier" and has Benson and Stabler responding to a crime scene where a young woman was found mutilated. They are shocked to learn that the killer licked her. And that they bit into her neck! Stabler then pulls out a dead exotic bird out of the woman's purse.

As Victor hangs from the ledge, Benson approaches him. Victor states that she is not an escort as she confirms it by revealing she is a cop. Victor states he is as well, while revealing that he was undercover for a year and that he is the one who told Brianna about Stabler going undercover. Somewhat convinced, Benson asked him to prove it and he states that he’s wearing a wire in his belt. After Benson saves him, he proves it and reveals the wire. Victor apologizes for not being there for Stabler since he couldn't blow his cover while Benson tells him that it's over but Victor states not for him, as Oscar is just one of his targets and there's a prison gang that's in charge of the smuggling ring and he needs to infiltrate it. Needing a high-level conviction, he allows himself to be arrested by her.

Meanwhile Oscar is still in a shoot out with Elliot but makes the fatal mistake of getting on the conveyor belt and injures his leg.

Afterwards, Oscar is yelling at Elliot while he is being loaded into the ambulance as Elliot taunts him about his circumstances. Benson then approaches her partner and tells him that Victor is actually a cop who is undercover. Elliot approaches Victor asking if he has any family he needs to notify but Victor says his family has been gone for a long time because of his job being too much for them.

At the end, Elliot is at home in bed with his wife before he is woken up to the sound of baby Eli crying. The episode ends with Kathy watching her husband tend to their young son.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Warner after find a dead bird in the victim's purse: 'The perp whack the parakeet too?

Gots Money, on Natalie Bleers: That girl done seen more nuts than a can of planters.

Elliot Stabler: So what happened to the tiger?
Andre Bushido: Tasty bugger, isn't he?
Elliot Stabler: ...Ah. Never enjoyed tiger meat before.

Olivia Benson: Mmm. Are you ready for me, Daddy? Ooh. Didn't realize this was a party. That'll be $100 to watch, $250 to join in...
Victor Tybor: I'll say this, Mike - you've got good taste.

Odafin Tutola: Told you he wouldn't take a day off. You owe me 50 bucks.

Background information and notes

  • While filming the chase scene towards the end of the episode, Hargitay was seriously injured when she did a stunt that involved her jumping and landing on a cushion. Three months after the episode was filmed, Hargitay claimed she was feeling short of breath and had chest pains. An x-ray revealed that 50% of her right lung had collapsed as a result of the injury. Due to the injury, Hargitay was absent from the episode Baggage so she could recover.
  • The gibbon rescued by the SVU appears to be a Lar Gibbon. The name given to it in the show is the white crested highland gibbon although there is no such species. The gibbon is also clearly too large to have been contained within a basketball.
  • Stabler's wound to his chest is said to be a "through and through" which would indicate that there would be an exit wound on his back, but when we see him holding the baby in the last scene, there is clearly no wound or bandage on his back.

    Donald Cragen and gibbon

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Supple Nightclub
396 West 16th Street
Saturday, November 8

On The Noise
Recording Studio
1757 Broadway
Saturday, November 8

Residence of
Gots Money
124 West 53rd Street
Saturday, November 8

4 5

Bifero Stock and Feed
154 Dikeman Street
Brooklyn, New York
Sunday, November 16

Kuan Tool
And Die Factory
518 Scholes Street
Brooklyn, New York
Tuesday, November 18

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